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Software design guidance - Local and Global Nhibernate session in Orchard

I'm trying to find a better approach with my design for some software that works with Orchard CMS framework and NHibernate sessions. The code below serves the purpose for a single session per HTTP ...
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Should one value simpler code over performance when returning multiple values?

I'm too often facing situations where I need to get several types of information from a method. I usually think long and hard to circumvent these situations but I'm thinking it's pointless work that ...
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Should session variables be avoided?

I used to heavily rely on session variables in the past, but have recently found many of them to be unnecessary, using things like query string parameters instead. A colleague of mine refuses to use ...
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Creating n tier application [closed]

I am new to design patterns. I want to learn constructing 3 tier architecture. I have searched but confused at some points. In this article ...
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Developing a “time scheduler” app [duplicate]

I need to develop an application to generate, given a set of preferences and constraints, a time schedule for employees. These tables can really get complex and they might need to take into account ...
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How to Detect Sprites in a SpriteSheet?

I'm currently writing a Sprite Sheet Unpacker such as Alferds Spritesheet Unpacker. Now, before this is sent to gamedev, this isn't necessarily about games. I would like to know how to detect a sprite ...
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How do I set up MVP for a Winforms solution?

I have used MVP and MVC in the past, and I prefer MVP as it controls the flow of execution so much better in my opinion. I have created my infrastructure (datastore/repository classes) and use them ...
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“Everything is a Map”, am I doing this right?

I watched Stuart Sierra's talk "Thinking In Data" and took one of the ideas from it as a design principle in this game I'm making. The difference is he's working in Clojure and I'm working in ...
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Design for an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the UI

I am tasked with designing an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the user interface. One such example would be that the implementation (let's call it ...
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Model relationships with DDD (or with sense)?

Here is a simplified requirement: User creates a Question with multiple Answers. Question must have at least one Answer. Clarification: think Question and Answer as in a test: there is one ...
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Should I inject a data dependency into an Angular Directive?

I am currently implementing an AngularJS directive. It is fundamentally a reusable widget comprised of a select box and a table which populates based on the item in the select box. My point of ...
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Implementing a Username Class

I am attempting to encapsulate several features about a user in a single class. Although the main use for this class would be to initialize it once and never have to call set any variables again, I ...
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Refactoring web pages with user controls

Is it good design to use many user controls to help refactor a web application? In my case, it's a VB.NET Webforms ASP.NET website. All our pages are organized into sections that, while related and ...
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Designing an API with access tokens, how to handle GET requests?

I am building an API that will utilize access tokens so that I can track usage among various departments and for access control. My plan is to utilize the HTTP verbs appropriately - GET will retrieve ...
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Design Question - System Integration

Guidance on good application architecture / design is not in short supply however most of the examples focus on some business object, like Customer and its behaviour and persistence. There is little ...
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Tell, Don't Ask and Immutability in a non-directional network

I'm working on a small project in which I'm attempting to practice relatively strict adherence to two ideas: Tell, don't ask (TDA) Immutability The main concept in this project is a Map (as in a ...
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How to perform deferred tasks in backend [closed]

Actually the problem is very common. Let me describe this by example. Imagine you have a web service where users register and pay for some gold status. There is expiration date. The question is how to ...
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What is RESTful way of action confirmation?

Some of my API actions require SMS confirmation due to security reasons, like creation of payment and CRUD for scheduled payments. Right now I just return an entity with AwaitingSMSConfirmation state ...
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How to explain why design choices are good?

As I've become a better developer, I find that much of my design skill comes more from intuition than mechanical analysis. This is great. It lets me read code and get a feel for it quicker. It lets me ...
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Designing classes the right way [closed]

I am trying to design my classes in the optimal way for the following scenario. A city has metro lines covering a number of stations.There are 4 lines represented by 4 colors.The user has to enter ...
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Business Logic vs Presentation/View Logic

I often question myself of where to put the logic that organize the data to a view that is not necessarily a business logic in a 3-layered architecture (DAO, Business, View). I'll put an example to ...
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Efficient Code Design for Pattern Search

I wish to build code for detecting patterns in streaming data. I wish to have clean code that is easily extensible, and easily maintainable. My current code design is below but, to my knowledge, I ...
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WCF Client Data model best practices

Hi I am building a WCF Client Application (not web) for a service I have virtually no control of (different BU) and would like to separate the service consumption from the application business logic ...
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When should something be a class? And are my chosen classes good OO design?

My background: I am new to programming. Python is my only programming knowledge. I program as a hobby, and I'm teaching myself by reading copious amounts of books. I understand enough about OOP to ...
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How do you solve issue of consistency in concurrent and distributed application (built around Bankers Dilemma)?

This is a classic problem which I'm sure has been solved many times by many different people. I don't have any formal training (I've not studied computer science or any other such academic subject) ...
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Naming conventions DAL, BAL, and UI Layer [closed]

I am developing a typical Web Application with the following layers UI Layer (MVC) Business Logic Layer (BAL) Data Access Layer (DAL) Each layer has its own DTO object including the BAL and DAL. ...
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avoiding multiple calls to SQL while being modular

I have a BusinessLayer.dll which calls DataAccessLayer.dll which ultimately makes the tcp connection to the SQL server. Each business layer method has a corresponding method in the data access layer ...
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Efficient Code Design for Pattern Search Using a Singleton Pattern

I am having difficulty figuring out an efficient (thread-safe) code design for the following problem. I have been at it for some time now and would really appreciate some advice and input on how best ...
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Compiler/OS Design - Where to start [closed]

I have a fairly strong background in C and Assembly and I am starting to look into basic compiler and operating systems design, but my biggest problem is where I should really start, seeing as both ...
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Why were Java collections implemented with “optional methods” in the interface?

During my first implementation extending the Java collection framework, I was quite surprised to see that the collection interface contains methods declared as optional. The implementer is expected ...
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Designing Document class for Doc Imaging - optional fields

I'm working on a project that processes many Documents. A Document CAN have a Cover Sheet (if the first page is one) A Document CAN have a Stub (if Document is large) It matters whether or not a ...
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Exceptions: What to handle, what to throw

I have a custom configuration reader which performs various functions on top of .NET's CloudConfigurationManager and ConfigurationManager implementations, such as caching, type conversion, etc. The ...
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What's the right way to work with a graphic designer?

Recently, we worked with a graphic designer (arranged by the client) to provide the skin for a Django+Bootstrap application we had built. The designer provided a series of static images of the new ...
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Common Methods for communication between Offline Software and Web Application?

The purpose/s of this question is to discover what are some of the most reliable methods of achieving communication between existing offline software and a web application. (Example) Scenario: A ...
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How to force “program to an interface” without using a java Interface in java 1.6

In java 1.8 they have wonderful new "default interface methods". In 1.6 how close can we come? The goal: keep clients (using code) from being able to tell that a class is not a java interface. If ...
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Resources for popular domain models [closed]

I have come across many situations where I had to build a system for a library or a clinic or other popular domains. The thing is a domain model for a library was probably done 1000 times already with ...
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Handling interface segregation in C++

I'm designing a "view" handling system for a game. The goal is to be able to have different "views" that can be shown in sequence or stacked on-top of each other. For example, the initial splash ...
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Database-like structure in memory

I need a database-like structure that will wrap this: data MsgPackDB = MsgPackDB { dim :: !(V.Vector Int) , rows :: !([DBRow]) } data DBRow = ...
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Static methods vs Interface implementation

Here is my problem: I stared to create a e-commerce web sites info collector. So i created a parser for each site. The parser class is state less. got methods like: getItemPrice(WebElement page) ...
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Separating Code into Smaller Files in C

I am in the process of cleaning up my code and making it easier to maintain. I am doing this by turning my 5000+ line file into separate smaller files. I have successfully created separate source and ...
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Should I follow the normal path or fail early?

From the Code Complete book comes the following quote: "Put the normal case after the if rather than after the else" Which means that exceptions/deviations from the standard path should be put ...
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Progress in PHP web application design [closed]

I have created an easy database-driven web application (with PHP+MySQL). It's written procedurally with a few controllers (index.php) in a few directories and a few template files and one stylesheet. ...
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translating a list of words (word1, word2 and word3) [closed]

We are trying to globalize an application and we have run into a situation where I'm not sure how (of if) we would go about formatting the string for globalization. It's a paragraph explaining ...
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Implementation strategies for atomic counter

I basically have a counter variable that is decremented and frequently polled. There are three options to implement that, that I can think of: Number 1: private volatile int count; public void ...
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When is it acceptable for business logic to be exposed on distributed applications?

When developing applications (for simplicity, use a client-server model) intended to be deployed on customer systems, when it is acceptable to expose business logic outside of compiled code (for ...
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Programming by usage

Iv'e been programming for 15 years now and I often read online that it seems like a lot of people will plan out their objects and how they interact and the data they need and that seems to shape the ...
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Email service or simply abstract email out and call from?

Got a fairly large web application in asp.net using C#. Also have a mobile setup using a common api that we wrote to basically share data across both of our apps using web methods and common classes. ...
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What's wrong in returning hashtable from public method and when does it make sense to do so?

What are the design problems in returning a hashtable from a public method when you want to return multiple items instead of creating a class and returning object of that? If it does have problems ...
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Is this instance of mixing FP and OOP a good design?

I had a strange-feeling pattern come up in some code I was writing. In a project with user accounts, there was a lot of code that needed to do common things such as creating accounts, deleting them, ...
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Is there a good reason to make pure functions non-public?

I had a little debate going on with a coworker. Simply put, is there a good reason to hide/encapsulate functions that are pure? By "pure" I mean the wikipedia definition: Always returns the same ...